July 9, 2008

Police seeking suspects in lottery scam

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a lottery scam also commonly known as a “Pigeon Drop Fraud.”

On July 7, deputies of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home of a 47-year-old male victim regarding a pigeon drop fraud that occurred just outside the Indian Grocery Market at State Highway 6 and Voss Road in Sugar Land

At 2:44 p.m., the victim was approached by two unknown Hispanic males, one who appeared to have some type of stomach or medical concerns. The scheme was set in motion when they stated they had winning lottery ticket worth $250,000, but was unable to cash in the ticket as a result of their illegal immigration status. The suspects persuaded the victim to withdraw $20,000 cash in return for the $250,000 lottery ticket.

After the withdrawal, the suspects then coerced the victim to drive them to Walgreen’s near State Highway 6 and Westheimer for over-the-counter medicine. As soon as the victim went into Walgreen’s, the suspects fled the area with the $20,000 cash in hand.

The suspects are both described as medium built Hispanic males. One suspect appeared to be 36 to 40 years of age and approximately 5-feet-8-inches tall. The second suspect appeared to be 30 – 36 years of age and approximately 5-feet-9-inches tall.

This incident is an active investigation and Detectives are asking anyone with information on the suspects or the circumstances surrounding this incident to contact Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477) or the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at (281) 341-4665.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact:

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers At 281-342-TIPS (8477)

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